NY Hospitals to Play Pivotal Role in Childhood Drowning Prevention

The New York Water Safety Coalition (NYWSC) together with the US Swim School Association (USSSA) are thrilled to announce that Senate Bill S.3608-A (Webb)/Assembly Bill A.4987-A (Pheffer Amato), has been signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul.

This landmark legislation aims to educate parents, the first line of defense against childhood drowning. It mandates that New York hospitals offer new parents a brief, state-approved informational video focusing on the critical issue of drowning risks for infants and young children. Given that drowning, which disproportionately affects minorities, remains the leading cause of death for children under five, this initiative represents a monumental advance in public safety.

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